Although receiving one’s just desserts can be unpleasant, eating a meal of just desserts is the only way to consume the FDA's recommended daily allowance of frosting. Meet your mouthwatering nutritional needs with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a Mix & Match dozen at FROST Doughnuts in Mill Creek (a $15.99 value).
Inside FROST Doughnuts' exhibition-style kitchen, cruller conjurers fry up a rotating menu of more than 45 gourmet donuts, including a pair that garnered first and second place in a 2011 taste test by Seattle Met. The Mix & Match dozen allows patrons to select sugary treats from three categories comprised of the classic style's nostalgic stand-bys, the premium category's gourmet creations, and the evolved tier's signature and often surprising flavors. The Smokey bacon-maple bar crowns traditional maple icing with jewels of real bacon to forge a salty-sweet concoction similar to a french fry's first date, and the southern red velvet donut pairs each bite with a generous dollop of cream-cheese frosting. For a more familiar confection, the Bavarian Crème bismarck's chocolate-frosted surface begets a luscious and subtly sweet cream interior. Patrons can sidle up to the bakery's chocolate and pink stools for a stint of in-house savoring or tote their dozen to the office to ensure they're more popular than Superman at a phone-booth factory. The frittersmiths also aid their community by supporting local food banks and charities, including the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, the Seattle Children's Hospital, and the Mill Creek Little League.
Before they became business partners, the owners of Frost Doughnuts were just three best friends who shared a passion for loving and eating donuts. Following what must rank among the most productive hangout sessions ever, the trio decided their beloved breakfast staple was worthy of elevation alongside other resurrected sweet treats such as the cupcake, and so they got to work crafting a concept that would revamp its reputation from greasy to gourmet. Today, while customers still sink their teeth into a roster of exquisitely baked classics such as a chocolate glazed or bavarian-cream filled, it’s the shop's evolved flavors that really turn morning munch-a-thons upside down. Available on a rotating schedule due to their gourmet preparations and forgivable diva complexes are favorites such as a smoky bacon maple bar or an aztec chocolate donut iced with cinnamon-cayenne chocolate. Inside the charming shop, diners can watch as chefs whip up batches of banana split fritters or peaches and crème bismarcks in their exhibition-style kitchen, but should take care to break their hypnotic gaze before closing time, as all leftover donuts depart for local food shelters at the end of each day.